Atari, Pulse Optimized for IE10; Windows Phone Toolkit for WP8; Performance Tips To Make HTML5 Apps & Sites Faster; WMC Freebe Turns Pirated Windows 8 in to the Legitimate

A team behind Internet Explorer 10--notes on its blog today, that the popular sites Pulse, Atari Arcade, along with Contre Jour have just been optimized for both the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8."So whether you are using a new Windows 8 device, a Windows Phone 8 or you are one of Windows 7 customers, […]

A team behind Internet Explorer 10--notes on its blog today, that the popular sites Pulse, Atari Arcade, along with Contre Jour have just been optimized for both the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

"So whether you are using a new Windows 8 device, a Windows Phone 8 or you are one of Windows 7 customers, you have a lot of great online experiences to look forward to using IE10. It's fast, fluid, perfect for touch and it makes your favorite web sites just shine. And with IE, it's easy to just pin your favorite sites right next to your favorite apps for one-click access," the team posted.

The two companies have teamed up to optimize four of the games to HTML5 include--Pong, Missile Command, Asteroids and Super Breakout--for Windows Phone.

Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) optimized for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 version of the Windows Phone Toolkit released today include: "Installation exclusively through NuGet (deprecated .msi download file); Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 toolkits in a single package; and New controls and features."

To install the Windows Phone Toolkit

  1. Download and install the latest NuGet package manager.
    Note: The Windows Phone 8 Toolkit package requires NuGet version 2.1. If you have an older version of NuGet and try to install the Windows Phone toolkit, you'll receive the following error message: "The package does not contain any assembly references that are compatible with that framework." Restart all instances of Visual Studio after you install the latest version of NuGet.
  2. Install the Windows Phone toolkit package using the following steps:
    • "In Visual Studio 2012, create a Windows Phone 8.0 or a Windows Phone OS 7.1 project.
    • From the menu bar in Visual Studio, select Tools > Library Package Manager > Manage NuGet Packages for Solution.
    • Select Online in the column on the left of the Manage NuGet Packages dialog box.
    • Search for the WPToolkit package, authored by Microsoft.
    • Click Install and apply the package to your project.

      Note: Alternatively, you can click Select Tools > Library Package Manager > Package Manager Console. In the Package Manager Console, type:
      Install-Package WPToolkit," Microsoft explains.

In another blog post the IE team today, published a //build 2012 session video entitled "50 Performance Tricks to make your HTML5 Applications and Sites faster."

"The tips in the video apply equally to Web sites that run on standards based Web browsers, and Windows Store Apps, which are also just the Web," the team posted.

There are six principals detailed in the talk that will help you improve the performance of your apps and sites today:

  • "Quickly respond to network requests
  • Minimize bytes downloaded
  • Efficiently structure markup
  • Optimize media usage
  • Write fast JavaScript
  • Know what your application is doing," the team blogged.

A new security flaw in Windows 8 let hackers get the legitimate copy of the Microsoft's new "reimagined" operating system for free.

Basically, it requires a Windows Media Center upgrade key to convert an illegal copy of the Windows 8 in to the genuine licensed one. Due to the fact that the WMC upgrade process does no checks for the validity of the activation, any activated copy of windows are upgraded to a valid license of Windows 8.

They then simply use any Windows 8 key to install the operating system and apply a KMS activation for their current version and then go on to use the Media Center upgrade key obtained from Microsoft.

A Key Management System activation allows your unlicensed copy of Windows to be fully usable for 180 days. Hereis how we know that Microsoft will not again check for legitimacy after 180 days:

"When you activate Windows via KMS, in the activation window it says "Windows is activated until…" and a date (so if you were to install it today, it would say it's activated until May). After installing the upgrade, the window just says "Windows was activated on…" and the date of activation. That means the activation is permanent.

When you install the upgrade key, that replaces the existing product key; only the new upgrade key is used for future checks. Windows won't check the key you used to install because it no longer has it," explains Reddit user noveleven.